Welcome to the RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks, and be sure to head back to the RoadBikeReview 2011 Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.
Cycling Tools and Repair gift ideas – Every cyclist needs bike tools. From the day to day maintenance, occasional roadside repair, to the full rebuild of a bike. The right tool always makes the job easier. Here are a few tool ideas that would make excellent gifts to the cyclist on your list.
Park Tool Home Mechanic Starter Kit
|This kit from Park Tool is a great start to a tool collection. It includes all the essentials to get the novice home mechanic working on basic repairs, cleaning, adjusting, and maintaining their bike. 14 tools in a custom Park Tool toolbox for easy storage.
Crankbrothers Multi-17 Tool
|This is probably the first tool any cyclist should have. The multi tool is essential. It’s small form factor means it’s portable, so it can be used in the garage for quick adjustments, or out on the road. The Crank Brothers Multi 17 packs quite the arsenal of tools in a relatively light weight package. For the 168 grams, you get 17 tools including a chain tool. If you’re only going to have one multi tool, this is the tool to have.
If you’re a weight weenie or are looking to carry the bare minimum of tools to get you by on a ride, Crank Brothers also has a Multi 10 ($20), with no chain tool, and the Multi-5 ($13) with the just 5 of bare essentials.
Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza Torque Wrench
|With carbon fiber frames, parts, and lightweight bits being ever so prevalent, this is a tool that every bike mechanic should have in their tool box. Though, truth be told, we would venture to guess not many do. The Giustaforza II Deluxe torque wrench supplies a precise torque range of 2 – 16 Nm for working on sensitive bike components, especially carbon.
It’s user friendly design makes setting the torque simple and intuitive with a twist of the adjustment knob. An audible “click” when one reaches the desired torque setting is made to ensure you can’t over tighten a bolt. With the amount of money we spend on gear each year, it’s a no brainer to make sure your gear is all set to the right settings.
The Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza torque wrench’s price might shock you at first, but think of this as a relatively inexpensive insurance plan that could save you lots of money on frames, stems, handlebars, seatposts, and several of your other lightweight bits down the road. The wrench is a well engineered and built tool that will last over time. The body of the wrench is constructed out of lightweight t6 aluminum, and gets an industrial anodized coating. While the adjustment knob and bit holder are made of sturdy steel for excellent durability.